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Madge Network Adapters

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The Old Ten pack!
EISA adapter.

Madge CAU with STP LAM

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Madge Micro Channel Adapter

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SOPs - the art of mastering the mundane

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In the techie curse blog post, I stated the case for SOPs but often in most companies these are non-existent. Ramon Padilla writes on TechRepublic, IT leadership in Master the mundane with SOPs that fit. "The best run organizations are those which have mastered the mundane.

That is a pretty profound statement because, if taken literally, it means that the organization has perfected its day-to-day activities to such a degree that it is free to focus on being agile and responsive to the forces that affect it in a proactive way.

The path to this mastery is partially through efficient and effective standard operating procedures (SOP). SOPs are defined as detailed, written instructions to achieve uniformity of the performance of a specific function.” In other words, procedures that make sure that inputs to a process result in the same outputs in terms of quality, quantity, consistency, etc.

SOPs by design, should be based on the best way of doing things in your organization, often refle…

Electrical checklists from the US Army

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These are the so-called DA Forms from "Commissioning of Electrical Systems for Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Facilities" the US Army.

The forms are no lonfer available from the original website.

Click on each of the forms to enlarge.

Circuit switcher inspection checklist.Transformer inspection checklist.
Switchgear inspection checklist.
Power cable inspection checklist.
Main power energization checklist.
Engine generator inspection checklist.
Utility and generator circuit breaker inspection checklist.
Backup power system inspection checklist.
Transfer switch inspection checklist.
UPS inspection checklist.
Battery inspection checklist.
UPS switchboard inspection checklist.
UPS systems inspection checklist.

Psychopaths at work

In their book "Snakes in Suits," Paul Babiak, Ph.D. and Robert D. Hare, Ph.D., explain that a surprising number of workplaces employ psychopaths.
While psychopaths make up 1 percent of the general population, Babiak and Hare found that 3.5 percent of the executives they worked with "fit the profile of the psychopath."
Psychopathic employees are pathological liars who get away with doing little or no work. They charm senior management with their "leadership potential," con co-workers into covering for them, and successfully blame others for their mistakes. If you're the only one who sees what they're up to, you're in a tough spot. Sometimes it's the whistle-blower who gets fired, not the snake.

Pineapple: the food

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Pineapple (reproduced here for all you pineapple lovers from the World's healthiest foods) Pineapples have exceptional juiciness and a vibrant tropical flavour that balances the tastes of sweet and tart. They are second only to bananas as America's favourite tropical fruit. Although the season for pineapple runs from March through June, they are available year-round in local markets. Pineapples are a composite of many flowers whose individual fruitlets fuse together around a central core. Each fruitlet can be identified by an "eye," the rough spiny marking on the pineapple's surface. Pineapples have a wide cylindrical shape, a scaly green, brown or yellow skin and a regal crown of spiny, blue-green leaves and fibrous yellow flesh. The area closer to the base of the fruit has more sugar content and therefore a sweeter taste and more tender texture.
This chart graphically details the %DV that a serving of Pineapple provides for each of the nutrients of which it is…

RFP Boilerplate

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RFP for a voice system

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Executive summary - Seeking a voice-based, software-driven, communication telephone system combining telephone and voice mail technology with the power of the desktop computer. An important aspect is the ability of users to control telephone calls and voice mail directly from their desktops through an easy to use graphical user interface. By integrating multi-line calls and voice mail, the objective is to communicate using the telephone and desktops, maximizing an individual's ability to access and share information.
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Communication system and telephone sets to be used.Installation and configuration services for this equipment. Wiring changes and upgradesTraining of users and administrators. Maintenance of purchased and installed equipment and software.Upgrades to the installed systems as necessary. Instructions - Each question requires a…